Hammond Report July 14 2020 From Pandemic Quarantino Jon Hammond - Music and Stories from organist accordionist Jon Hammond, today this story & music will blow your mind - with actual bandstand recording I made on this very special house band gig I played in 1978 when I was the Hammond B3 organist for the late great Lou Colombo, we were the house band at the Wychmere Harbor Club in Harwich Port, Massachusetts Cape Cod - private club, now it's called Wychmere Beach Club - we played all the private parties for Tip O'Neill long-time Speaker of The House, Tip was a member of the club and lived nearby. I played his Daughter Susan O'Neill's wedding, we had Secret Service all over the place - Tip always arrived with his Wife and entourage, some of the Kennedy Clan and his main man always by his side was in a wheelchair, I never found out the man's name (maybe someone out there knows?) - very clean B3 + Leslie I played there nightly - another long-time member of Wychmere Harbor Club I played for very often was Lee Berk founder of Berklee College of Music, Lee was always real nice to the band, as was Tip! Enjoy this precious audio recording and story folks - very sadly / tragically Lou Colombo was killed just a few days after I went to visit him in Fort Myers FL as he was driving home from his gig at his Daughter's restaurant The Roadhouse - by a 17 year-old driver in a Jeep Wrangler - keep the Spirit folks, and be super careful and safe out there - remember to mask-up during this pandemic, Jon Hammond told ya' so!
I'll be back with another Hammond Report tomorrow, Jon Hammond 14th of July 2020 from Pandemic Quarantino